Coolangubra

The now-disbanded world fusion trio of Australians Cleis Pearce (violin), Stephen Berry (acoustic guitars) and Greg Sheehan (percussion) left a legacy of three exciting, moody, dynamic albums that draw on elements of folk, jazz and ambient soundscaping.

artist:
Coolangubra

country of origin:
Australia

style(s):
New acoustic, environmental, folk, word beat

decades active:
80's - 90's

essential releases:

  • Coolangubra (1988, Celestial Harmonies)
  • Stormcoming (1990, Celestial Harmonies)
  • Spirit Talk (1992, Celestial Harmonies)

Reviewed by Mike G

Named after an area of Australia’s south-east forests, the now-disbanded world fusion trio of Cleis Pearce (violin), Stephen Berry (acoustic guitars) and Greg Sheehan (percussion) left a legacy of three exciting, moody, dynamic albums that draw on elements of folk, jazz and ambient soundscaping. In the 1980's they played for many years on the live circuit and released several albums in their home country until discovered by Ekhart Rahn, who signed them to his highly respected ethno-ambient and world music label Celestial Harmonies and brought their music to a global audience.

The band's versatility and superb musicianship is evident throughout all three of these releases. “Long Red Road” from Stormcoming (1990) is a spirited, folksy tribal jam, while the album's lengthy title track takes an altogether different tack with its brooding impressions of an approaching thunderstorm. Despite all the nature themes, the band's music is far from being new age earwash; Coolangubra creates real environmental ambience with passion and dynamics to match.

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